Solomon's Seal

(Polygonatum biflorum)

Other Names:
King Solomon's Seal


Asparagaceae – Asparagus family

Growth Type:
Perennial, herbaceous

Up to 3ft long

Alternate, parallel veined

Single stem, slender, gently bent

Rootstock stout, whitish with large circular "seals"

Flower Season:
April to June

Flower Appearance:
Drooping, whitish to yellowish-green, tubular or bell-like, 6 petaled, borne from a branched peduncle at each leaf stalk.

Bluish to black non-edible

Miscellaneous characteristics:
False Solomon's Seal Maianthemum racemosum appears similar at first glance, but upon closer inspection the differences are glaringly obvious. The flowers of False Solomon's Seal are are borne in an umbel at the end of the stem, rather than at each leaf stalk like those of Solomon's Seal. The berries are speckled with gold at first, but ripen to a ruby-red. The rootstock of M. racemosum has circular "seals" like P. biflorum, but they are slender and yellowish in color.

When young the stems of M. racemosum are considered edible, although I do not find them very appealing.

Rich woods

Parts Used:
Food: Young sprout, rootstock Medicinal: Rootstock.

Wild Food Uses:
Young shoots can be added to salads, or cooked and eaten as an asparagus substitute. The starchy rootstock can be eaten as a potato substitute.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:
This plant has been shown to be effective at treating indigestion, arthritis, cuts, bruises, sores, and lung ailments. It is said to also be effective at treating skin irritations.

Medicinal Actions:
Anticatarrhal, Antitussive, Demulcent, Emollient, Expectorant

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